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breastbone

[brest-bohn] /ˈbrɛstˌboʊn/
noun
1.
the sternum.
Origin of breastbone
1000
before 1000; Middle English brust-bon, Old English brēostbān. See breast, bone
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  • So identified he was with Judas that he felt at times as if his breastbone was bursting.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • I've 'eard o' men dying when you 'it 'em fair on the breastbone.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • He hit Ling on the lower end of the breastbone, where his belly would be softest.

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
  • The brisket is the part formed by the breastbone, and is the lower part of the chest.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • He drove it upward just below the breastbone, striking the heart.

  • Then lay them on a board and roll with a rolling-pin to flatten the breastbone.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • For answer Tom Rochford pressed his hand to his breastbone and hiccupped.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The rib cage includes the breastbone and twelve pairs of ribs.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • He tapped his breastbone with his middle finger to indicate his essential self.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • To judge the age of a chicken, touch the end of the breastbone.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
British Dictionary definitions for breastbone

breastbone

/ˈbrɛstˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
the nontechnical name for sternum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for breastbone
n.

"sternum," Old English breostban; see breast (n.) + bone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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breastbone in Medicine

breastbone breast·bone (brěst'bōn')
n.
See sternum.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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breastbone in Science
breastbone
  (brěst'bōn')   
See sternum.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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